[verb hot-wahyuh r; adjective hot-wahyuh r] /verb ˈhɒtˈwaɪər; adjective ˈhɒtˌwaɪər/

verb (used with object), hot-wired, hot-wiring.
Slang. to start the engine of (a motor vehicle) by short-circuiting the ignition.
Electricity, Engineering. depending for its operation on the lengthening or increasing resistance of a wire when it is heated:
hot-wire anemometer; hot-wire microphone.
(transitive) (slang) to start the engine of (a motor vehicle) by bypassing the ignition switch


[fr the notion of attaching an electrically hot wire to the starter-motor relay]


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